On Eve of Election, New Democrats Declare Intraparty War
by Matt Stoller, Sun Oct 29, 2006 at 06:31:01 PM EST
I know that a lot of us want to put our heads down and get Democrats elected, no matter what. And we will, because we are loyal Democrats who follow the rules. Our power comes from our principles and our willingness to play as a team to improve all of our lots.
Unfortunately, just like the Senate Democrats want to hurt us in Connecticut, New Democrats are sadly spending their time setting up the next session to beat up on progressives, according to the New York Times.
Representative Ellen O. Tauscher of California, a co-chairwoman of the 47-member New Democrat Coalition, said that 27 of the top 40 contested House seats were being pursued by Democrats who have pledged to become members of the group, which says its chief issues are national security and fiscal responsibility.
"I think there's tremendous agreement and awareness that getting the majority and running over the left cliff is what our Republican opponents would dearly love," Ms. Tauscher said, adding that this was something "we've got to fight."
You know, I wish that we could have party unity, but it's obvious that New Democrats simply cannot help themselves. They have to go through the 1980s and 1990s all over again, no matter what.
UPDATE: To those who are accusing me of sparking some sort of divisiveness, let me just point out that it was Tauscher who decided to go to the New York Times and talk about us needing to be fought tooth and nail.